Monkey World assists governments around the world to stop the smuggling of primates from the wild.

At the Centre refugees of this illegal trade as well as those that have suffered abuse or neglect are rehabilitated into natural living groups.

Rescue & Rehabilitation
Monkey World | Ape Rescue Centre

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Monkey World Awards

 

2016

Dorset Echo Industry Award- Best Contribution to Local Tourism Finalist


Dorset Tourism Award for Large Attraction of the Year

 


 



 


 


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2014

Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence!

The Certificate of Excellence awards businesses that constantly earn top ratings from TripAdvisor travellers. With a rating of 4.5, Monkey World has earned a place among the very best for yet another year!


 

2012

Bournemouth Tourism Awards
November 2012


 

Dorset Hall of Fame Award for Jim Cronin MBE
October 2012


Monkey World's founder, Jim Cronin MBE, was posthumously honoured in the Dorset Hall of Fame Awards 2012. 
Jim was one of 5 amazing people to be inducted into the first ever Dorset Hall of Fame, following hundreds of nominations for him from the public.
The award was collected on Jim's behalf by his wife, Dr Alison Cronin MBE (pictured), Director of Monkey World.



Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence!



The Certificate of Excellence awards businesses that constantly earn top ratings from TripAdvisor travellers. With a rating of 4.5, Monkey World has earned a place among the very best!



Supporter Award


Big thank you to Megan for sending us this award!



2011

WINNERS OF THE DORSET TOURISM AWARD
at the Dorset Business Awards 2011

 

24 November 2011


 


 

MSN in association with Starburst, included in their:

Top Ten Conservation Parks

Monkey World - Ape Rescue Centre

Monkey World is an active ape rescue and rehabilitation centre that takes in animals that have suffered abuse, neglect or are victims of illegal smuggling. With roughly 240 animals on-site from chimpanzees and orangutans to smaller monkeys like marmosets and gibbons on display, monkey-mad kids will be in their element. The centre limits the animals' contact with humans, so there are no opportunities to pet the monkeys - a great opportunity to explain to your kids how conservation really works. 
 


 

 Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence!

 As recommended by visitors on www.tripadvisor.co.uk

            

 


 

2008

 "Shining World Compassion Award" from The Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association

Monkey World was presented with the "Shining World Compassion Award" in recognition of outstanding effort made to rescue 88 capuchin monkeys from a Chilean laboratory - the biggest ever primate rescue.

 
 



 

2006

Supernanny Magazine "10 Day Trips to try this Summer"

Monkey World was selected as one of the 10 best UK attractions to visit in the "Supernanny's School Holiday Survival Guide"

This rescue centre is guaranteed to make you go "Ahhh". See cheeky chimps, lolloping orang-utans and usually some newborns. There are regular feeding times and talks from friendly staff. Brian Teubler from Bristol visited with Lian, seven, and Lara, two. "You get a really good view from the windows and platforms. Afterwards, the kids played in the adventure playground while we ate ice-creams on the grass. Perfect." There's bound to be monkey business over the August Bank Holiday weekend: every child that brings a banana will receive a free Monkey World badge.


 



 

WWF "30 Incredible Days Out for the Family" Guide


Monkey World has been included because it offers families the opportunity to learn about or enjoy the natural world together.
 



 

 

2005

Chernobyl Children Life Line

For giving our support to the Chernobyl Children Project 2005


 


 

South East Tourism ExSEllence Award 2005

Monkey World was Runner Up for the Large Visitor Attraction of the Year.


 


 

Guide Dogs “Opening Doors”
Award 2005


For opening our doors to guide dog owners and other blind and partially sighted people.


 


 

   

2004

The Sunday Times 20 Best Family Attractions

The Sunday Times pick of the best 20 family attractions in Britain and Ireland should give you all the inspiration you need.

 

 

Wild things
MONKEY WORLD
Wool, Dorset.

Don’t expect chimps in flowery frocks slurping cups of tea here — most of the primates you’ll meet have been rescued from sad former lives, and now they hang out in natural family groups across the park’s 65 acres. You’ll learn more about their hairy histories from the excellent half-hourly keepers’ talks: children are encouraged to get to know the animals as individuals, not inmates. With orang-utans, gibbons, a walk-through lemur zone, where animals leap above your head, and the largest chimp colony outside Africa. it all adds up to a zoo experience without the nagging guilt. Monkey World’s woodland trails offer lots of good picnic potential, and a witty new addition is the two-acre children’s playground — designed as a carbon copy of a typical ape enclosure, so your own little monkeys can go native.

Details: open daily, 10am-5pm; £8, £6 for children aged 3-15, family £24. Call 01929 462537 or visit www.monkeyworld.org

 


 

Certificate of Appreciation

For veterinary supplies donated to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Centre, Cambodia.
 

 

 

The Independent 50 Best Spring Days out in Britain

Voted No 6 by the Independent Newspaper.

 
 


 

  The Good Britain Guide

 

Voted as the Family Attraction of the Year for Dorset.

 

 
 


 

   

2003 

Certificate of Achievement

Given in appreciation of the well thought-out facilities for the disabled by the North Dorset Disability Action Group.


 



Best Childrens' Attraction

Chosen by Holiday Visitors with Bournecoast




 

 
Partners in Success - Good Employer Scheme

Awarded by Southern Tourist Board for Dorset and the New Forest.




 

SchoolZone Award

For Educational Website Design.


 


 

The Best of Dorset

Voted as Dorset’s Best Day Out in conjunction with 2CR and British Gas


 


 

   

2002

Zoo Animal Welfare Award Winner

Given in special recognition for “The Macaque Centre” by the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW).


 


 

   

2000

The Good Britain Guide

Voted as the Family Attraction of the Year for Dorset.


 


 

   

1998

Zoo Animal Welfare Award Winner

Given in special recognition for “The Woolly Monkey Habitat” by the Universities Federation for Animal Welfare (UFAW).


 


 

Top Wildlife Centres

Given 10 out of 10 by The Mail on Sunday.

WHAT TO SEE: The 40-acre park offers sanctuary to more than 100 primates, including 40 chimpanzees. Other entertainments include a pets’ zoo, mini-motorbikes, assault course, boats and indoor play area (right next to a baby chimp play area).
ANIMAL COMFORT: Animal areas are spacious and well supplied with climbing equipment . Of all the zoos we visited, we felt this is where the animals looked the happiest. “You feel the people who run Monke
y World look after the chimps as if they were their children”, said my son.